Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures. But this procedure is not always done for cosmetic reasons. Many times the procedure is medically necessary to improve vision.
At UAMS, we have several highly-qualified doctors who can perform this surgery. Our caring and compassionate staff will help you through every step of the process from the initial consultation to a complete recovery. There can be several medical reasons to have the procedure:
- Not seeing clearly
- Declining peripheral vision
- Needing eyelids to be repositioned
- Having tired eyes
Before you have the surgery, your doctors at Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute will work with your primary care doctor or ophthalmologist to coordinate your health care. You will need to stop any medications you are taking that make you bleed. Also, you will have visual field testing twice to determine whether or not your peripheral vision will be improved with the surgery. They will also perform a dry eye evaluation and take photos of what you look like before the surgery.
For your insurance, our doctors will send the photos and the field visual field test results to demonstrate that the purpose for the surgery is to better your eyesight. Most insurances and Medicare will cover your surgery if there is medical proof that you are having this procedure for visual improvement.
This is an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to go home the same day. During the surgery, you will be given anesthesia but will not be asleep. Our doctors will make the incision in the crease of your eyelid so it will not be visible after surgery. Your surgeon will then remove the excess fat and loose skin from the eyelid. The surgery will last between 45 minutes and an hour for both eyelids.
After the surgery, you will need to keep a cool pack on your eyelids for 10 minutes out of each hour that you are awake for the first 24 hours after surgery. We also recommend that you keep your head elevated. You will experience some bruising for seven to 10 days after the surgery. The stitches will be removed four to six days after the procedure. You will be given an antibiotic ointment to put on your eyes for a week.
For more information on eyelid surgery at UAMS, please contact our Eye Clinic.